WHAT DOES THE CONGO CONFLICT-FREE CONGO MINERALS ACT DO?
Introduced by Rep. Jim McCermott (D-WA) the bill demands greater transparency and accountability from those companies whose products contain these mineral ores or their derivatives. The U.S. government would identify those commercial goods that could contain conflict minerals, approve a list of private sector auditors qualified to audit the worldwide processing facilities for these minerals, and eventually restrict the importation of minerals to those from audited facilities. Importers of these goods would have to certify on their customs declaration that their goods “contain conflict minerals” or are “conflict mineral free” based upon this audit system. The audits would determine the mines of origin for processed materials, verify the chain of custody and verify information provided by suppliers through carrying out investigations in the DRC and other countries.
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WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call or write your Congressional representatives and urge them to cosponsor the Conflict-Free Congo Minerals Act 2009. You can fill out the below form to email your Congressional representative automatically, or call them by dialing the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking for your representatives' office.